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Women Should Know About: the ARCC

February 3, 2012

What are reproductive rights?

Attaining the goals of sustainable, equitable development requires that individuals are able to exercise control over their sexual and reproductive lives. This includes the rights to:

  • Reproductive health as a component of overall health, throughout the life cycle, for both men and women
  • Reproductive decision-making, including voluntary choice in marriage, family formation and determination of the number, timing and spacing of one’s children and the right to have access to the information and means needed to exercise voluntary choice
  • Equality and equity for men and women, to enable individuals to make free and informed choices in all spheres of life, free from discrimination based on gender
  • Sexual and reproductive security, including freedom from sexual violence and coercion, and the right to privacy.                    -Source : unfpa.org

 

The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (the ARCC)’s website is full of information that women should be aware of in the event they become impregnated accidentally or decide they do not want to keep the baby. With all the hubbub in the U.S over presidential candidates wanting to take reproductive rights away from women, it had me thinking. Here in Canada, we have so many choices…but are we even aware of the resources available at our fingertips?

The website helps you decipher  between anti-abortion Christian ministry programs like the Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops cloaked in an air of nonjudgmental do-goodness, and a credible clinic like the Scott Clinic (which is also free). The ARCC states that fake clinics like the Christian Kamloops one “will never refer a woman for an abortion—even in the most desperate circumstances, such as a lethal defect in the foetus or in cases of rape. Centres often use methods and language designed to horrify and confuse women considering abortion, which can induce guilt, anxiety, and emotional trauma. For example, they generally subject women to scare-mongering misinformation about abortion that exaggerates its risks, such as warnings that abortion leads to scarring, breast cancer, future miscarriage, post-traumatic stress disorder, or infertility—all false scientifically.”

I have linked abortion clinics in major Canadian cities in previous links, but for the under 16, there are hassle-free clinics that do not need parental consent. You are offered pain medication, and if you do not have a health card the cost of an abortion is not very expensive. The Women’s Care Clinic charges between $40-$80 if you do not have a health card.

The ARCC also states why abortion care must be fully funded: http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/why-abortion-must-be-funded.html and how important it is to the well-being and livelihood of women.

Canada is one of the very few countries in the world that has no legal issues restricting abortion, and we stand as an example to other countries struggling with reproductive rights laws. Women all over the world deserve to be in charge of their body, and are fully capable of making the decision when they want to have kids, and IF they even ever want to kids. Women own their uterus, and they need to own the very private decisions that they make over it. It should not be up for debate over some idiot politician who thinks because he has 4 nice children and a  Christian or Muslim upbringing, every woman should be walking around pregnant and barefeet. Women are not poor, helpless creatures or just objects and pawns in a game. We need women in the workforce, in the social world; we need to hear their opinions and we need their mark on the world. Women SHOULD work outside the home, and the presidential election in 2012 should realize it’s 2012 and not the 1930s.

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